CONWAY, Ark. (March 28, 2016) – Hendrix College senior Rachel Zweig ’16 was recently selected for a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Spain.
Zweig, a chemistry and mathematics double major from Fayetteville, Arkansas, will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while she overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Spain.
Zweig plans to do chemistry research at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, developing and analyzing new solvents for carbon dioxide removal from flue gas.
“Ever since reading journal articles and learning about carbon dioxide capture when writing my Fulbright proposal, I have been very interested in the research topic,” she said. “I wrote a paper on solvents for carbon dioxide capture in Inorganic Chemistry last semester, and I am starting
to do an independent research project in ATEC lab that is a prelude to what I will be doing during my Fulbright year. I am looking forward to working in a non-academic lab and doing research on something so applicable and relevant.”
In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.” On August 1, 1946, President
Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law, and Congress created the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.
From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental
principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.
More than 360,000 Fulbrighters from the United States and other countries have participated in the Program since its inception. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
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